Southwark's lost section 106 social housing
Ombudsman finds Council doesn't know how much social housing it's getting from developers
The Local Government Ombudsman has issued the damning judgement that Southwark Council has no procedure to ensure that social rented housing approved by the Council’s planning committee is actually being delivered. The Ombudsman further found that without a monitoring procedure ‘it is hard to know ..how many social housing units…developers [have] delivered’. Or indeed, how many remain social housing units.’[Read More]
Heygate profit - north of the facts
Council leader Peter John claims Heygate deal will provide Council with 'north of £100m profit'
Council leader Peter John has claimed that Southwark Council will be getting “north of £100m” from the Heygate estate’s redevelopment as ‘Elephant Park’. He made the claim while being grilled by Steve Cananne of Australian national broadcaster ABC, in a report broadcast on Australian prime time television.
In the full 20min interview with Cllr John posted online, Cllr John defends the shotgun deal he signed with Australian developer Lendlease just weeks after being elected in 2010.
During the interview, Cllr John makes a number of unsubstantiated or inaccurate claims which will be familiar to those who have followed the Heygate saga.[Read More]
Affordable housing loopholes in Old Kent Road plan
Loopholes in draft Old Kent Rd planning policy offer numerous exploits for developers
Elephant Park - a populist narrative
Overseas investors and the Heygate estate
Are you a) someone in Southwark in desperate need of a home? or b) a property investor in Hong Kong or Singapore?[Read More]